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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Reviews: 227
Hads: 439
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 42 | FT: 6
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-20-2002

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Photo of CaptCleveland
2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle purchase at Bestway, awesome bottle shop in Greensboro, NC.

This bottle was actually grabbed by my wife who was looking for a "fruity lambic". $9.49.

Hazy, orange, marmalade-colored elixir, poured into a goblet. No head or lacing.

Strong funk, cheese, grass, barnyard animals.

Incredible bitterness assaults the buds. Tart, brief strawberry flavor. Funk rides roughshod throughout.

Thin, tin, under carbonated.

Not my style.

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Photo of aasher
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been eyeing this one for a long time now. It pours a light bodied bright gold in color with a slightly pinkish hue, slightly cloudy and with no head or bubbles. The nose is what I expected from Hannsens, nice acidity, moderate funk, and a strawberry juice aspect that offers a touch of berry sweetness. The flavors are interested. Of course there is the acid and funky yeast but it has an odd juicy strawberry sweetness. It's kind of earthy and vinous. The mouthfeel is also a little flat. It's ok. I know there aren't many strawberry lambics out there but to me this tastes like a Geueze with Strawberry juice added. It's ok but being more expensive than their gueuze or kriek, I would prefer one of those any day.

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Photo of nas5755
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- soft tiny pop with the cork, intense funk, minerals, and sour are present immediately. hazy golden blonde, with a pink tinge, no head with lacing

S-minerals, intense funk, sour, barnyard

T- Sour barnyard. Funk, dirty pond muck, lemons, tart berries. The strawberries are present as a tart afterthought, complementing the sour and funk balance. A very nice beer.

M- mircocabronation, solid, feel, sour.

O- I love Hanssens, and I love fruit in my lambic. Great beer. I assume that this and other Hanssens would have much higher scores if they were more carbonated like the Cantillon. However, I am fine with Hanssens and the lack of simple-syrup that Cantillon adds to produce beautiful intense carbonation in there beers. One of my favs, and way, way, way better than the upland strawberry which lacks funk.

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Photo of d4radio
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper, slightly hazy, settled relatively clear, thin ring of head around the outside of the glass lasted through out

S- Initial wafts had gentle acidity with faint strawberry notes, big smell gave a great funky smooth aroma with strawberry overpowered by nice acidity, after agitating strawberry and funk smoothed together for a great aroma

T- Smooth, soft, less tart than aroma prepares you for, starts with a strawberry note with good sourness and thins out to a tart fruity aftertaste, once the palate adjusted to the sourness strawberry and dryness shine through

M- Soft, low carbonation, dry

O- A great fruit lambic, gentle acidity balances out lambic funk and mixes with strawberry well

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystalline dark orange with absolutely no head despite a vigorous pour.

Smells of tart berries, apples with some musty horse blanket.

I get lots of tart berry and lemon in the flavor especially a tart strawberry on the back end. Not very funky at all and the berry tartness overwhelms a bit.

A bit too thin bodied and carbonation level is too low for a lambic.

Not horrible, but far from a top of the line beer. There are some issues, but overall the strawberry is somewhat pleasant if not a bit too tart at times.

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Photo of SalMineo
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was terrific. It had been sitting on the shelf in a cool dark place for a while. As we all know lambics can last a long time if stored properly.
Pour- Reminded me a nice rose champagne look to it. It had a faint pink golden color with a little bit of head. Saw a bit of carbonation which i loved. You could also see that lactobacillus or brettanomyces working its magic at the bottom of the glass.
Smell-My second part of this beer is the smell coming off of it. It had the smell of unripened strawberries loved it it was so good. Of course you can definitely smell that earthy funkyness to it which I love.
Taste-The most sour beer I've ever had and I loved it. It had so much zing and acidic bite to it that it even made pucker my face at the very end. I did detect the taste of strawberries not yet ready to be eaten.
This beer was incredible definitely one of my favorite of the lambics.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Relatively clear gold. No head in sight. Carbonation is light for the style. Pours on the heavier side and leaves the faintest vestige of bright-white at the edges of the glass.

Smell: Light hit of strawberry of a solid citric bite. Mild earthiness lingers in the back. Sugary strawberry. A little woody. The sweetness masks what would otherwise be a very pleasing sour aroma. It all works in the long run.

Taste: An upfront sour bite is quickly followed by a mild fruitiness and mellowed wood notes. The finish is more directly sour, a sharp tangy bite on the back. Lingering earthiness and some nice strawberry sweetness to liven things up a touch. Almost lemon-like tartness. Woody, but only a touch.

Mouthfeel: Dry and heavy for the style. Body is moderate and the carbonation is on the low side. It still drinks relatively well and has enough depth to keep it all moving.

Overall: I've had a few Hanssens lambics and this one is a notch above some of the other fruit iterations I've encountered from them. Nice balance, but for something touting strawberries, I'd like to see a bit more fruit in the taste.

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Photo of gford217
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. 2000 vintage.

Little sound when the cork slides out and the pour produces a few disparate bubbles on top of a fairly clear golden amber with some pinkish hints. I decided to leave the residue in the bottle to start.

Aroma is nice and complex with some acetic acid, light sugary strawberries and a little bit of earthy funk thrown in.

Taste is initially acidic with a serious zing on the tongue. The strawberries are very subtle and don't show out as much as in the aroma. The finish is fairly dry with a little lemony tartness.

Mouthfeel is close to flat with low carbonation and some dryness.

Not the best lambic I've had but better than most out there. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of n2185
2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a hazy gold with less than a finger of white head that vanishes completely.

S: loads and loads of sour notes with some slight barnyard aromas as well. There are also notes of spoiled milk or pungent cheese.

T: similar to the aroma, loads of sour notes with some tart strawberries as well. There are some funky notes as well and that sour dairy presence.

M: medium-light body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit watery and could use more carbonation.

O: an alright beer, this beer is overly sour and undercarbonated. A bit difficult to get through.

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Photo of rarbring
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clouded orange brew with no head to mention, very small curtains.

Smelling of stable and overripe strawberries. Very "bretty".

A fructose strawberry start, then a sharp acidity that covers any funky nuances from the aroma.

Nearly no carbonation, a fresh and cleansing feeling, a dry acid finish.

A difficult one, very sour, big difference between smell and taste. But in all good.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice label on this corked bottle.

A - Seriously, it actually looks most like urine. Just saying. Not even one single bubble upon opening, or pouring. No sound when uncorked. Still, hazy brew.

S - Cork smells like vinegar and the rind of a sharp brie. Faint hint of strawberry. Definitely strawberry notes in the glass, but mostly hidden by an array of strong scents. Alot of bitter funky cheese notes. Sharp brie, dry wood, funky straw and wicker. Vinegar for sure, with barn and a medicinal/plastic hint.

T - Very tart and acidic, as if the base was vinegar. Biting and drying like bold white wine. Sour wood and pungent acidity with that bitter fruit skin kick. The strawberry is hardly here, with it sitting in the back of your mind. Drinking this really does make you question whether your stomach will be affected later or not. It feels wrong, but I keep sipping, giving my trust.

M - Very flat and super dry, with a crazy tart kick. Medium bodied, with some apparent yeasty softness to it. Stinging, and drying.

O - Truly one of the weirdest brews I've had to date.

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Photo of harrymel
2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

375ml c&c without a lot notched.

The cork came out of this one easily and free of audible carbonation. In fact, I'm surprised the beer doesn't leak out, as easily as the cork popped out and easily I was able replace it... The beer is golden with a twinge of pink. Free from any visible signs of carbonation and pretty much looks like still chicken broth to be honest. Not attractive.

Smells of lemons, grass, hints of manure and mung bean sprouts. Nothing particularly special, does smell sour, which makes me happy.

Quite sour indeed, a tightening of my masticating muscles indicate as much. Indeed there is a slight sweet strawberry I didn't anticipate. Some notes of lemon and metal. A little soil in there as well.

Not even what I would classify as an effervescence. This beer is flat, thin and has a wet finish. It is better as it warms, then it takes on a buttery feeling.

This was an interesting experience. The highest beer I've ever rated was a straight unblended lambic from the barrel; completely flat. Although I found that experience to be outstanding, this one is far from that. The beer is ugly, and feels awkward. I expected carbonation, where previously I had not, that totally flavored my experience. Although thrown off, I was not completely disappointed.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a flute glass

A: Cork comes out with a very slight pop. And yes, there is really no carbonation. Pours a fairly clear, golden color.

S: I can smell the funk from a foot away when I pop the cork. Very, very funky and fruity sour aroma. I get lots of lemons.

T: Wow - this is a sour beer - crazy sourness. Tons of funk as well - lingering far after the sip. It's a bit extreme with no fruit whatsoever.

M: Really no carbonation and a bit thick. Not very good.

O: Very sour, very funky - just not all that interesting. The lack of carbonation doesn't help, either. I'm not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to JAHMUR for sharing.

A: Hazy pale orange body, lightly frothy white head. Ok.

S: Crazy sour, crazy funky. Yeah, just crazy. Cheese, dirt, lemon, strawberry, grass, leaves. Awesome.

T: Super sour, earthy fruit. Strawberries - stems, seeds, and all. Puckering acidity. Clean, sour finish. Yes.

M: Fairly still medium body. Smooth but lifeless.

O: You can count on Hanssens to be anything but boring, and this one is no exception. Offensively sour and funky, and that's why I love it.


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Photo of mattboyer182
4.97/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pours a pale golden see through. Obviously no head.

S - !!! Beautiful strawberry and funk. So stinking sour just from the nose.

T - intense! Very fresh, un ripe strawberries. Very funky. Loads of strawberries and very funky. I love it.

M - medium bodied and no carbonation.

O - this is the best lambic I've had. It's so perfect. I love every part about it.

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Photo of lanbewardin
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

mid-dark gold, clear, 0 head after forceful pour

lambic smell, grass, a hint of the strawberrys, tartness, the strawberry smell is sweet though

Tart taste, not as tart as the hansenns gueuze I think, strawberry flavor is very minimal but I pick it up on the tail end, lemon tart is the predominant fruit flavor I'm getting

Mouthfeel is pretty average for a lambic, dry and tart, not as palette coating as some lambics

Good beer, would have liked it more if the strawberry was more forceful and it was made with carbonation like an oude kriek style. Good pickup on the journey through lambic land though.

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Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Lot C.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a mostly clear bright golden peach color with a 1/8 to 1/4” loosely bubbled head that soon recedes to leave a ring of medium large bubbles and a thin partial layer of foam. Sipping leaves no lacing at all as any bubbles slide back down to the ring.

Smell: The aroma here is a complex mix of several things that take a while to sort out and even then I’m not sure I recognize them all. From the moment the bottle is opened onwards there is a musty, earthy, leathery character that overlays a trace of fruit that has to be strawberry but which has more of a citric character than I usually think of with strawberry. While it takes some getting used to I don’t find it unpleasant.

Taste: The first sip puckers the mouth quickly and then the tartness begins to spread. Initially the impression is of lemon that turns into some sour apple that then transforms into mild strawberry with a light touch of sweetness as it rolls back across the tongue. Meanwhile the sides of the mouth are still feeling the pucker from the tartness and way back in the retro-nasal area there is still some citric character. Mingling in here and there throughout are the musty, earthy, leathery bits that let you know this is a lambic.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with only some faint prickly carbonation. The finish is on the long side and is very complex. From the lemon tartness it seems to mellow out into a lightly sweet strawberry flavor before the dry astringency finishes things off.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’m finding this beer is surprisingly drinkable. Given the aromas and flavors and some of the descriptions I read before buying it I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much, but I think that this beer suffers from the inadequacy of words alone to convey the rich complexity of a sensory experience like this. I won’t hesitate to buy another bottle of this one when I encounter it. Its not something for every night but it is definitely a treat. My overall impression is of a beer that is extraordinarily complex and that I personally am giving high marks based on that complexity and the fact that I’m enjoying this one so much.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A minimal pop of the cork. Not much noise. Lot C.

Flat dead head. Nothing generated not even a colar barley a faint ring whispered of white. Body though is a soft orange and glowing yellow.

Nose is bretty, mild yeast and fruit strawberry. Smells more gueze like with its hot bread character. Very interesting.

Sour tart but not really that acidic. Tart citrus without a distinct fruit angle (the closest seems like lemon). Mild sour bread dough on the finish going off with the vinous fruit character. Even salty finish as well.

Overall quite a fun ride that moves from strawberry to lemon sour and even salty ocean saltiness. I am not sure if the appearance is to be this sort of "flat" but otherwise alright. Checking upon other reviews, appearance is about the norm. So I call good on that.

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Photo of lanamj
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a nice blondish red. No head on this one at all. No lacing either. The color looks so inviting.

S- Lots of funk. I get some berry notes not sure if its strawberry but a berry for sure. It seems to be one-sided.

T- Nice and tart, its Hanssens. Nice strawberry finish. I feel the taste is a little more complex then the nose but still kinda one sided.

M- No carbonation, but you know what don't really care. I really feel i could drink this one anytime. It is very approachable sour, although rather tart it's lack of complexity allows it to be a good transition into sours.

O- I always love Hanssens sours. This is not the best but still very good. Lack of carbonation is somewhat disappointing but like i said not a big deal either. Nice and tart like i like em'. Easy drinking sour that i would love to enjoy again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)
limiteded 2000 Lot B

A- the soft pop of a cork, pours a red hint to a crude clear body with no head and no carbonation. There are a few microbubbles stuck to the base of the glass.

S- Even during the pour there is a full funky barnyard nose with some horsey notes and some mushroom qualities. The lemon touch is fruit and bright in the finish.

T- The soft tartness has a gentle fruit touch to it with a finish of sharp tartness and white cheese rind with a watery fruit hint in the finish. There is a bright tartness that lingers on the tongue a bit after each sip.

M- The slick mouthfeel has a bit of a water texture and no fizz or carbonation.

O- This is a bright crisp crude beer with a touch of fruit and maybe a strawberry hint when it is very warm as well as some septic qualities that come through. The tartness is full and everything is well blended. It was a nice beer but didn't have an dominating flavors, everything was subtle except the sour.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml cork and caged green bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
No date or info. (Limited Edition 2006)

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing all things sour!

A - Hazy golden yellow like the rest of the beers of the night, there is no head formation, retention, lace, or carbonation. Not that I expect it from a lambic. Fairly true to style here.

S - Fuuunky wild yeast and hairy armpit! Dry straw and faint fresh strawberry fruit in the background. Not very complex, but darn good!

T - Fresh bushels of strawberry are quite the unique experience in a brew. Straw and pale malt with subtle wild yeast notes to the back end. A little disappointing after the aroma. The funk is considerably lessened here.

M - Faintly tart, lacking that nice sour kick to the face, it still provides good balance. Oudbeitje has a crisp, dry, light-bodied finish.

O - I enjoyed the strawberry flavor in this lambic, but as a whole, it's missing that classic funk and sourness in the flavor and finish.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schen9303 for this one. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Most recent vintage.

Pours flat with a layer of big white bubbles from the pour that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear goldenrod with a slight orange hue. No lace. Decent.

Nose is surprisingly funky. Sharp cheesiness mixed with strawberry puree and stinky wood. Some cobwebs and a pungent fruit tartness round out the experience. A very pleasant surprise.

Opens very tart strawberry puree. Intense sourness in the middle with very little else. A bit yeasty towards the middle. Cobwebs and straw. End is more tartness. Finish is acidic with some citrus. Aftertaste is dry, tart, and a touch yeasty. Very singular.

Light to medium bodied with little to no carbonation. Oily, slick, and filmy in the mouth and goes down sharp and dry. Dry finish with a lingering aftertaste. Very good.

This beer is a success on every levels except for the taste. Great funk aroma and a mouthfeel that is exactly what I'd expect from the style. However, the flavor profile here is very one sided. Worth a try and probably even worth aging to see what happens a while down the line.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just one more on my Belgian foray. 375 mL into a GL snifter.

Good lord where is the head on this thing? And for that matter, where is the damn carbonation? I expect beer to produce bubbles, but not this thing. Not even close. Bright orange with obviously no lacing.

The smell is funky with slight notes of citrus and strawberry.

The taste is something else. This is what I pictured Festina Peche tasting like, only with peaches. The acid assaults the tongue for a few seconds, then comes the light taste of strawberries. Not too much, just kind lingers around in the nose and roof of the mouth.

One thing I've begun to notice about Lambics is that I taste a minty-tea type flavor in the aftertaste, and its here as well. It feels like im breathing a tea smell out of my nose, and sets Lambics a notch above others.


Almost a year later and another batch, I get just a touch more strawberries. Its still a sour, tart lambic with some accent flavors. Perfect use of strawberries.

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Photo of julian
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw color with some orange highlights. Very little head, actually even an agressive almost vertical pour yielded nothing but big bubbles that burst instantly. Clarity is average as there is still a decent amount of haze. 3.5

S: Aroma is pretty dominant with sweet strawberries. When I smell the neck of the bottle I get some tartness, but otherwise the glass pour smells predominantly of strawberries, or sweet berry pie. Nice though! 3.5

T&M: Taste is wood/oak, strawberries, acidity and tartness and some mild funk with a kind of medicinal flavor that starts early then fades. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is almost non existent. This beer had no head whatsoever and is not surprisingly very poorly carbonated. 3.5 / 2.5

O: Not sure what happened with the carbonation on this one, but it definitely affects the overall experience. The aroma is pretty awesome, if not surprisingly devoid of any funk and kinda sweet, but smelling the bottle did yield some tart funkiness. Also for containing strawberries I’m very surprised with the color. It’s in no way red or pinkish. Looks like a legit, no frills lambic. Overall this is pretty good and I’d probably drink it again. 3.5

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Photo of DaveHS
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours hazy light amber/rust color with a ring of brilliant white bubbles around the rim of the glass.

S-Intense pureed strawberry aroma, layered over Hanssens's signature barnyard funk. Hanssens lambics are so funky they occasionally smell like manure.

T/M-Thin, sharp acidic sourness, complemented by lovely sweet strawberries. The sour funkiness is right on the line of being too much, but it never quite gets there. Making a great lambic is a balancing act. You want the beer to be tart and funky enough, but the fruit flavor should also shine through. This beer embodies both qualities. Light/medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and a lingering, thin/sour finish.

O-Best strawberry based lambic I've had.

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Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
85 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.